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1 P»M;, v.c :.-[• gathering to i i.'.: k fir tentcnnial of one of The more momentous events in the i histoiy of industrial Amcrica, I he day switches were thrown that put [he mighty power of Niagara Falls lo work for the City of Buffalo in ihc form of ciecuicity. Ripping those sv, udu-s began an eta of remarkable progress, as electric energy became universalis available to homes and businesses throughout the country
Over the past century, the wonder that people felt on thai November da\ in 1896 has be come a casual acceptance of electricity as part of everyday life. The sense of awe has moved on to new phenomena, from television to space flight, thai have themselves beer superseded in the public's imagination. Thai is human nature. The urgency of the present and the promise of the future occupy our thoughts.
On an occasion such as this we should Stop to measure and appreciate progress and ihe extraordinary individuals who were its engines. This centennial is especially significant, because today we find ourselves at the brink of another era of dramatic change, as impending competition fundamentally changes the relationship between customers and their electncitj provider.
On behalf of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. Westmghouse Electric Corporation, General Electric Company, and lhe New York Power Authority, I am pleased lo welcome you to this Centennial Celebration. It is our hope that you will gain today a greater appreciation of this past and the lessons it holds for the future.
William b. Davis
William b. Davis
Chairman and CEO Niagara Mohawk Puu-er Corp.
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation's Centennial Celebration Pr&gram of Speakers
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY, NOVEMBER 15.1S
Bridging the Past to the Future William E. Davis Chairman and CEO Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
Thomas A. Christopher Power Generation Business Unit Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Ronald R. Pressman GE Power Systems General Electric Company
What is the Future of Electrical Energy in New York State? Panel Participants: Albert J. Budney Jr. President
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
CD. "Rapp" Rappleyea Chairman and CEO New York Power Authority
Louis R. Tomson
Deputy Secretary to Governor George Pataki
The Honorable Paul Tonko Chairman
New York State Assembly Energy Committee
Welcoming Remarks: Charles P. Steiner President and CEO
Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and
The Honorable James C. Galie Mayor
The City of Niagara Falls
Keynote Speaker: William E. Davis
"Electricity: Appreciating the Past, Anticipating the Future" School Awards Presentation and Ceremonial Reenactment
Attendees are invited to lake a few minutes during the conference to look at exhibits put together by high schools from around Western New York. The exhibits highlight art, history and technology related to the 100-year anniversary event.
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Niagara Faits Mayor James C. Galie re-enacts the throwing of the switch as Niagara Mohawk Chairman William E Davis watches
Ceremonies celebrate Niagara electricity
Talk of a brighter future came immediately true for power industry leaders Friday in downtown Buffalo as they threw a switch that lit the city's holiday tree and touched oil a fireworks display celebrating the centennial of Niagara Falls electricity.
Tension! flickered just below the surface, though, as utility executives and power policy setters used the 100th anniversary celebrations to reflect on a future of deregulation and restructuring for the service that Niagara first provided to the world and to downtown Buffalo 100 years ago.
By the turn of the century, Niagara Mohawk chairman and chief executive William E Davis noted, utility customers probably will be picking electricity suppliers much as they no«
choose telephone companies
"We hope to be among the more successful of those callers,1 he added.
But while the atmosphere was definitely electric in both Buffalo and Niagara Falls for the celebrations, the future of electncal service still glows only dimly.
Legislation that will unleash competition still is being considered, and seven utility companies in the stale still are reviewing each other's transition plans — most of them unveiled only last month.
The move toward competition is going to be a complex and time-consuming process," said Clarence D. Rappleyea, chairman of the New York Power Authority.
On a day that mingled discussion of future prospects with remembrances of the past, many electrical experts found strong comparisons in the uncertainty facing the industry to day and the mixture ot hope and prehension facing the region'^ tr-Jf. puwet pioneers a certturv ago
The ceremonies and a power ct-r terence marked the throwing switches that completed the world -first successful long-distance transit»», sion of electricity — 26 miles Irom Niagara Falls to Buffalo — a feA seconds after midnight on \ 18%
"It was in the middle ot the mi:' and the ceremonv was unadvemtJ just in case something went wi Rappleyea quipped
The harnessing of hydrops Niagara changed the world, p-a source of energy that woulJ ; -a revolution of technology tries and households alike change started when Niagara 1 Power Co. executive William K . -.
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